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Dietrich's cafe expands to Gypsum Rec Center

Dietrich's coffee shop cafe is expanding into the Gypsum Recreation Center.

On Monday, the cafe's owner Chris Dietrich was aiming to open the new branch by week's end, which happens to coincide with the GRC's five-year anniversary. The center celebrated its grand opening Dec. 2, 2006.

Reflecting on the five years of GRC's operation, Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll was one of several people who expressed satisfaction for how the rec center turned out - except for one thing.

"I wish we had put a coffee shop in to begin with," Shroll said.

People have previously tried selling food and drinks from the "cafe" area, which is near the rec center's front desk. The main problem, Dietrich said, is that not even the coffee could be prepared on site, due to the lack of a proper kitchen.

"They would run out of coffee and not be able to make more," he said.

That problem should be fixed after Dietrich's renovations.

"It's taken a lot of work to get ready," Dietrich said. "We had to replace the ceiling and floor tiles, and add other things so that we could prepare food here."

Dietrich plans to serve mostly coffee, smoothies and protein recovery shakes as well as breakfast burritos that will be pre-made at the cafe's main location at 313 Chambers Ave. in Eagle. Dietrich's main location serves coffee, chocolate, ice cream, breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, brats and hot dogs.

"We have a deal where you get a regular coffee and a breakfast burrito for $5 - that includes tax," Dietrich said. "We'll probably offer the same deal (at the GRC location)."

The main thing Dietrich's features is the coffee bean roaster.

"It's the only one between Minturn and Glenwood Springs," Dietrich said. "We're offering custom blends that can be distributed in bags with custom labels. There are two local churches that are already doing it - it helps them raise money. I think it helps keep business local. A lot of coffee shops around here are buying from places like Denver. Now they can buy local."

Dietrich said with three different kinds of beans it's possible to create a "nearly infinite number of blends."

The new branch in the GRC will also offer the same deal as its main location, where customers using their own travel mugs receive $1 refills.

Dietrich's GRC branch will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and part of the day on Sundays. Sunday hours are yet to be determined.

Anyone interested in ordering custom-blended coffee beans can contact Chris Dietrich at (970) 306-9252.

"We also have the only drive-through coffee shop in the valley," Dietrich said of the cafe's Eagle location.


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